During his panel at San Diego Comic Con, Robert Kirkman made several jokes about regretting or not regretting killing Glenn in and on The Walking Dead.
The panel was self-moderated by Kirkman, giving many fans the opportunity to ask questions to the writer and creator the Image Comics/Skybound and AMC series. One fan asked him to pin down whether or not he regrets killing Glenn Rhee and the brutal extent to which his death was carried out.
“In the event that Steven Yeun eventually sees this, I just want to say for the record, ‘Not even a little bit!’ So, no," Kirkman said. "Maybe a little. A little bit at the premiere. I got to watch that with an audience and when it was happening I was like, It’s a bit much. It’s a bit much.’
Then, with Abraham, Kirkman looked back thinking it was a good idea to kill both.
“It was good for the show,” Kirkman said. “I think it was good to have the event for the seventh season.” It injected a lot of new blood to the show, including Negan, who fans really seem to like. “When you guys see Season 8 an what we’ve got planned for this year, it all comes together in a really cool way."
During a panel at Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, Tennessee over the weekend, Glenn actor Steven Yeun opened up about his departure from the AMC series from the first time and, in doing so, discussed his thoughts on the complaints regarding the violence. Check it out in the video above or read what Yeun had to say below.
"I actually found out I was going to die about wo years before it happened," Yeun said. "It was like, not talked about. It was unsaid but it was understood that we were gonna do what we were supposed to do. I advocated for that, too, because it could've been just me rationalizing it, what was inevitable, but at the same time, you look at that journey and you realize that is marked in such a dramatic way in the comic that to change it, I think is a cheat."
"Maybe we did it too far. It was pretty bad but we did it and people remember it, so it's cool."
As for the reaction to the violence specifically, Yeun has his own rational explanation to the controversy and is not blaming the blood and gore which came out of the episode.
"I think it was a lot of things," Yeun said. "People think it was the gore. It was gorey but it wasn't any more gorey than anything that qwe've shown before. I think what it was was just watching someone that you feel like you know getting killed that way and getting killed in a way that was not like, 'Oh man, look at Noah getting ripped up,' which is gnarly but it was just happening to him, whereas, in this instance, it was just like, 'You could've stopped but you're just gonna kee pgoing and you're gonna rub it in.'"
"That's great that Glenn can have that type of place to effect people like that," Yeun said. "I mean, sorry, but mission accomplished."
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